UNITED Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, last week celebrated 10 years of operations in Ghana, one of the 18 country subsidiaries outside Nigeria in the UBA group.
UBA Ghana holds a unique place in the UBA group as the flagship subsidiary of UBA having opened its offices for business in 2005, the first foray of the UBA group outside the shores of Nigeria. Since then, UBA has gone on to open successful subsidiaries in 17 more African countries.
Speaking on the significance of the celebrations, Phillips Oduoza, Group Managing Director of the UBA Group said “The opening of UBA Ghana in January 2005, represented UBA’s ambition of becoming the bank for Africans regardless of continent of residence”
To mark the 10th year milestone in Ghana, the Board of Directors of the UBA group chose Accra for their annual board meeting for the first time in the Bank’s history to show the board’s commitment to its Pan-African agenda.
“Although, proud of the Bank’s Nigerian heritage, UBA’s ambition is pan-African, an agent to foster Africa’s destiny, helping increase and integrate trade, break down barriers and fund growth” explained Mr. Oduoza
Also speaking during the anniversary celebrations, the Chairman of UBA plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, said “We do banking the way we do, because we want to unite Africa to the world”.
Mr. Elumelu along with a delegation of UBA Ghana and UBA group board members also had an audience with President John Mahama of the Republic of Ghana during which they held discussions on how the UBA Group could effectively partner with Ghanaian government in its aim of becoming the economic power house of Africa.
To show its commitment to the community, the UBA board members also had a reading session at Accra Academy as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility project; the Read Africa Initiative, which seeks to improve reading culture among African youths.
The Read Africa event was graced with the presence of celebrated author, Ama Ata Aidoo, who read excerpts from her book The Girl Who Can, together with UBA’s Executive Director of Resources, Obi Ibekwe. The event which was attended by school children from Accra Academy and Accra Wesley Girls’ High School, who were inspired by the speeches they listened to, as each received a copy of the book, courtesy of UBA Foundation.
The 10th anniversary celebrations ended with a Black Tie Gala event attended by Ghana’s financial and business elites, including the Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana, as well as the Board of Directors of both UBA Group and UBA Ghana, as well as the bank’s loyal customers and long serving staff members.
Mr. Elumelu used the occasion of the gala event to express his appreciation to customers.
“It has been a privilege to serve you for the last ten years and all of us at UBA look forward to serving you for many years to come” he said..

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